May 14, 2013 Subject:
Dayton Ohio probably best known as the birthplace
of powered flight inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright. This company which had a presence in this
medium sized city pulled out when it was acquired bt AT&t in the 1990s.Paternalistic in the old style before hyper-individualism held sway the
company likely had a lot of positive influence on
its community. This style certainly has given Japan, Korea, and Taiwan burgeoning economies.
NCR produced cash registers, accounting machines
and even a code-breaking machine that helped break the Nazi Enigma cypher device during WW-2.
It also produced computer main-frames and several digital operating systems that were a sucess.
The AT&T acquired company pulled out Dayton
migrating south to Atlanta. The companys main consumer product is now anATM that's manufactured in Ontario, Canada. The bulk off the
R&D has been transferred to India, where shrewd
managers can take advantage of low-pay Indian engineers. Typical playbook for American corporations in th late 20th and early 21st centuries. So it's all "BACK IN THE DAY" The actor Warner Anderson is only a fly on the wall
the lack of specficity of his job function makes
him a good fly on the wall for a wekly written
script. Anderson later had the lead in the weekly
copshow "The Line Up" which played for some years
on CBS-TV and was spun-into a sucessful feature
film directed by Don Siegel in 1958.
July 29, 2006 Subject:
I somehow think that film is a bit scary considering that only about 25 years later almoust everything they made became obsolete with the advent of afordable computers.
Actually even if you looked around the corner they might have known that computers like the Z3 (WWII) could already have been developed further towards very universal accounting machines.
March 15, 2005 Subject:
The wheels turn slowly..
A bit of a scatterbrained story which starts off with a guy recieving (late) his 25 year pin and certificate for working at the chemical engineering sector at NCR. He soon flashes back at how he got there, and as soon we settle back and watch his life story, the film all of a sudden goes off in 30 directions talking about the history of NCR itself, it's training methods, what it does for it's employees and other things. The titled 'Magic Wheel' is a part that revolutionized NCR, and even that's a throwaway. Heck, even when we see the 25 year guy in the lab, it appears that even NCR is not too sure what he does, because he's shown in a mad scientist labratory, complete with bubbling liquids. Very odd.